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One of the most mathematical maths text books,
This review is from: The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking (Hardcover)
This is a fantastic introduction to all things mathematical. The emphasis is on mathematical *thinking* rather than methods, and numerous puzzles and props allow the maths to be really understood.
But... the book is an introduction to the methods of a professional mathematician, so the topics aren't algebra, trigonometry, calculus. Rather there are loads of interesting and challenging examples from knot theory, topology, chaos theory, equivalence classes, number theory, voting maths. Comes with 3D glasses, non transitive dice, CD-Rom etc.
Well worth the not-insubstantial price. Perhaps accompanied with the other expensive but excellent book Mathematics from the Birth Of Numbers, which is far more 'traditional' (lots of algebra, proof as well as history of maths).
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